News Report

Intermediate level

Great Barrier Reef 'severely damaged'

Episode 160329 / 29 Mar 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 29 March 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) The Great Barrier Reef will die in the next few months.

b) Sections of the Great Barrier Reef could die in the next few months.

c) The Great Barrier Reef is being affected by a previously unknown effect.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

reef
a line of rock near or above the surface of the sea

episodes
single events related to but separate from others

coral bleaching
damage to coral caused by warm water  

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Scientists in Australia are warning that large parts of the Great Barrier Reef could die within the next few months because it's suffering from one of its worst ever episodes of coral bleaching.

Answer

b) Sections of the Great Barrier Reef could die in the next few months.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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